In the book Lily and Dunkin, Donna Gephart addresses a real world issue of LGBTQ rights and people bullying others for being LGBTQ.
What does LGBTQ stand for?
In the book,"Lily and Dunkin", the character Lily is transgender, she goes through a lot of bullying from people who don't accept her for who she is. A lot of people go through this, not only children.
In the late 2010s "Thirty-six states did not have laws protecting LGBTQ students in schools" (Kennedy).
In my book, Lily's school was in one of the 36 states that weren't protected by laws. Her teachers didn't treat her fairly and she was bullied by many people.
President Trump also doesn't think highly of the LGBTQ community: "He revoked Obama's "Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces" order, which required companies seeking contracts with the federal government to comply with antidiscrimination laws" (Kennedy).
This shows how being something that you can't control can really affect your future. In my book, Lily's teachers sometimes fail her on purpose and that jeopardizes her chance to go to college.
For many people, trying to hide their identity and be someone they're not is like wearing "a nice pair of glasses without any lenses" (Espinoza).
Lily tries to hide her true self throughout the book by cutting her hair into a "boy cut" instead of leaving it long like she wanted it to be.
Trying to hide who you are is very hard for most people:"I peek at the floor[...] and feel like parts of me are scattered there" (Gephart).
So, all lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual and questioning people have really hard lives and unfortunately, our world isn't doing enough to fix that.